Thirteen thefts from vehicles in Mid Ulster since July

Opportunist thieves are targeting cars
Opportunist thieves are targeting cars

Police are warning the Mid Ulster public to be vigilant following a number of thefts from parked vehicles.

Sinn Féin councillor, Brian McGuigan said there was a theft from a car parked adjacent to St Columba Church, Straw and nearby Gaelscoil na Speiríní.

"I again ask everyone living in the parish of Ballinascreen to be vigilant in relation to an opportunist thief or thieves who appear to be operating within our parish and targeting vehicles when parked adjacent to local churches," he said.

"Given that we are now moving into the dark evenings of autumn/winter, everyone needs to remember that we should not make it easy for thieves by leaving valuables in vehicles when parking on the occasion of attending mass or other church services taking place in our community.

"We know from the events of recent years that thieves do not discriminate on the basis of religious belief as there were incidents outside our different churches."

Detective Inspector Will Tate said, “We are aware of a number of thefts from vehicles in the Mid Ulster area, particularly at Park and Ride facilities in recent months. There have been an estimated 13 incidents at various locations across Mid Ulster since July 1st this year. We would like to remind motorists that nothing of value should be kept in cars or vans particularly when it can be seen. This may prove too tempting for the opportunistic thief. If they see it they will steal it.

“We all have a responsibility to do our bit to ensure we will not become the next victim of crime. We are working hard to ensure that crime in the area remains relatively low in comparison with other areas, and working collectively we will be more effective in combatting this type of opportunistic crime.

“We fully investigate all reports, however, we would highlight the need for people to report suspicious activity when they see it.

“This work also involves education and prevention, part of this has involved officers erecting signage to encourage motorists to be mindful of vehicle security.